Hand rankings

In poker, each hand is won by the player with the best combination of cards from all of the available sources – ‘pocket’ and ‘community’ cards. Listed below are the combinations arranged from strongest to weakest with an example provided for each.

royal flush Royal Flush: Ten, Jack, Queen, King, Ace of the same suit.
straight flush Straight Flush: Straight with all five cards in the same suit
Four of a Kind: Four cards of the same number or face value (“quads”).
full house Full House: Three cards of one number or face value and two cards of another number or face value. If more than one player has a full house, the full house with the highest ranking three of a kind (“trips”) wins.
Flush: Five cards of the same suit. If there is more than one flush, the hand with the highest card(s) wins.
straight Straight: Five cards in sequence. Cards can be in any suit. An Ace can be used in the highest straight (10, J, Q, K, A) and the lowest straight (A, 2, 3, 4, 5).
three of a kind Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same number or face value (“trips”).
Two Pair: If two players have two pair, the hand with the highest pair wins. If they have the same high pair, whoever has the second highest pair wins. If they have the same two pair, whoever has the highest fifth card (“kicker”) wins.
one pair One Pair: Two cards of the same number or face value. If two players have the same pair, the highest outside card(s) wins.
high card High Card: The hand with the highest card(s) wins.